LG has officially confirmed the G5 is coming out on February 21 during the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona, Spain. It had previously sent out invites for an event on that date but chose not to reveal what it was unveiling at the occasion. It’s now verified the launch with posts on its social media channels.
The LG G5 is an important phone for the manufacturer, given the low profit figures it had announced in its 2015 earnings report. It’s the first of 2 flagship smartphones the company is planning for 2016 in an effort to turn things around. Not much has been confirmed about the specs of the device at this point, but the teasers so far indicate it will be a camera-focused handset.
Interestingly, the G5 will be presented to the world the same day Samsung reveals its own highly-anticipated Galaxy S7. LG usually launches its flagship phone a few months after the former. The new strategy indicates it’s looking to compete with its rival head-on. So far, rumors point towards the phone being a major departure from its predecessors.
According to Phone Arena, the LG product will be the first in the series to sport an all-metal design. The smartphone may carry a fingerprint scanner which is set to be placed beneath a dual-camera system consisting of an 8MP camera and a 16MP one. The setup may allow users to change the focus of an image after it’s been shot.
The LG G5 could further house a 5.6-inch screen displaying its visuals in a 1440 x 2560p resolution. A Snapdragon 820 processor might be making an appearance to run its operations and will be paired alongside an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Connectivity-wise, the handset could offer a USB Type-C port.